The New Colossus

REACTIONS & REJOINDERS

The New Colossus
Thu February 19, 2009

Okay, here's my little observation.

The New Deal succeeded - rather admirably, as it happens - mostly because people wanted it to succeed. I highly recommend the third volume of Schlesinger's "The Age of Roosevelt" for documentation. Here's what succeeds now, in order:

  1. Whatever effective fraction of the fraction of the GDP that gets applied immediately to the issue (a trillion here, a trillion there ...) has the surgical effect of stabilizing the housing market and the banking industry. Then and only then ...
  2. Americans begin to believe in the possibility of a productive future.
  3. We read things; we think about things; we say things; we write things;
  4. And we begin again to rearrange things, program things and invent things.

No serious reversal of fortune - no economic system, no breakup, no war, no political initiative - returns from apparent failure solely through the actions of its leaders. Resurgence comes because reversal came first. Only in reversal do the disenfranchised, overrun and previously ignored sectors of a system find the traction to institute new subsystems.

The people who live in this country are not dumber than the people who run this country. As long as we are nominally led by people who either (1) think they are smarter than the rest of us or (2) want us to to believe they are smarter than the rest of us, then the rest of us are in no position to recover. But knowing their proper place in the fabric of the Universe is the only thing that a leadership class have to contribute to the resolution of this kind of crisis. That is a necessary contribution, although it is not a mechanical function like that, but a collection of creative leaps that ultimately allow us to emerge successfully at the other end intact.

Even with their basement printing press, the government can only prime the pump - to stumble over a mixed and only marginally appropriate pair of metaphors. We need to understand, foremost, that it is neither a collection of actions nor a direction pointed by a limited cadre that got us where we are. We are here because whole systems in place came to operate in the absence of good will. Only self-respect, the will to live and inspiration - and, I'm sorry, but while we are acquainted, I've never been clear where that latter comes from - will bring us home.

Rally York
Sat Apr 9 2016
1:53 PM
Geez you were so pissed you were sputtering at the keyboard.

And you were right.

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